Microsoft has rolled out a major refresh of its Skype mobile apps with the release of Skype for iPhone 6.0, Skype for iPad 6.0 and Skype for Android 6.0.
All three apps come with a redesign aimed at making them easier to use as well as improved search tools. iPad users also gain all iPhone features, while Android users also benefit from some platform-specific improvements.
The redesigns have been implemented to further speed up navigation and make the app more intuitive to use — support for swipe gestures has been added to quickly make calls and manage messages in the iOS version, while sharing photos, web links, emoticons and the user’s location is now easier too when making video or voice calls.
The iPad version has also been upgraded to include all available functionality from the iPhone build — the aforementioned sharing tools are accompanied by support for starting voice chats and calls.
The streamlined Android redesign — “inspired” by Android’s material design — includes a new floating action button to make it easier to start new conversations. Android users also gain improved messaging tools, which make it easier to see how many unread messages there are along with better visual cues for distinguishing between read and unread messages.
Both platforms also gain enhanced search tools, which should speed up the retrieval of contacts and important conversations.
Skype for iPhone 6.0 and Skype for iPad 6.0 are available for iOS devices running 7 or later. Skype for Android 6.0 is rolling out now, suitable for devices running Android 4.0 or higher.